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Violence claims 7 lives in N. Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD, Aug 20 (KUNA) -- At least two civilians, as many policemen and three militants have been killed during separate security incidents in Afghanistan's northeastern Kunduz province, said officials on Thursday.
The Imam Sahib district chief, Amanuddin Quraishi told media that two policemen were killed in a roadside bombing while they were patrolling in Pul Arbab Khalil area of the district.
He said that two civilians were also killed in the blast.
Meanwhile, in another incident of violence, three bomb planters were killed when the bomb they were planting in Aqi Bai area went off.
According to local media, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed that two policemen were killed in a roadside bombing in Chahar Dara district of Kunduz.
The incidents of violence came at a time when Taliban rebels have paced up their attacks across Afghanistan following their annual warm weather offensive against the foreign and local security forces. (end) sbk.tg